Category Archives: Default settings

Problems with consent

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a wonderful sonnet which opens with this famous line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” She then lists eight or nine. Here is the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “consent” Permission for … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

I am not getting over excited about this….

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is a key bit of the US Government.  It has just announced a review of  its “International Internet Policy Priorities” . It wants comments by 2nd July. The  terms of reference make clear … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Time is up

In yesterday’s blog I suggested that by responding in the way it did to the arrival of the GDPR, ICANN, in effect, pressed the self-destruct button. ICANN is now set on a path which will eventually lead to its abolition … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Article 29, WHOIS and ICANN contd.

Join ICANN and see the world. Last Thursday in Vancouver the ICANN Board gave its response to Article 29’s and the Government Advisory Committee’s  representations about the GDPR, which comes into effect in less than one week. In essence ICANN … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Cherie Blair speaks out

In the pantheon of bad actors in the internet space there are two distinct classes. There are the criminals and fraudsters themselves.  Clearly they bear the greatest part of the burden of guilt for the harm their actions cause. However, … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The never ending saga of ICANN’s arrogance

The story so far. From the very beginning of the worldwide web a system has existed  to record the names and contact details of who owns and operates every web site, be that a private individual, a company or other … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Another Requiem for self-regulation

As a service to my readers below are a few choice snippets from recent media coverage on the vexed question of regulation and the internet. These have arisen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Before getting to them … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation